George Fox's Blair Cash Named 2009 Sareault Award Winner

SPOKANE, Wash. - George Fox University's Blair Cash has been selected by his peers within the Northwest Conference as the recipient of the 2008-09 Jack Sareault Award as the conference's Sports Information Director of the Year.

Blair Cash Cash, who has served as the Bruins' SID since the fall of 1999, is fourth individual to win the award, which began in 2005-06.

The NWC SID of the Year award is named in honor of Jack Sareault, who served as the conference's SID for 19 years (1978 - 1997). Since his retirement, Sareault has spent countless hours building detailed histories of NWC sports.

"I'm not sure I quite measure up to the high standards of excellence and service Jack Sareault gave to the Northwest Conference for many years, but I am sincerely humbled and grateful to my partner SIDs for selecting me as the 2009 winner of this award that bears his name," said Cash.  "There are many outstanding professionals in this conference who do their jobs well, and any one of them would have been just as deserving."

Cash, who has worked in the field of sports information since 1972 at all levels of participation, has publicized the accomplishments of a pair of George Fox national championship programs - the women's basketball national championship this winter and the baseball team that won the 2004 NCAA Division III championship.  He also promoted the baseball team's participation in the national tournament this spring.

"I would like to thank my director of athletics, Craig Taylor, and all our coaches who are friends, not just co-workers, for making my job an enjoyable one, all our athletes who have provided me with many memorable moments about which to write, and my wife and family for their patience and understanding when I am gone so often doing a job I love at a school I love," said Cash.

Outside of the conference Cash coordinates the chapel service at the annual College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Workshop and serves on the CoSIDA ethics committee. He holds professional memberships in the United States Basketball Writers Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, serving for the last five seasons as coordinator of voting for the NCBWA's Division III National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week awards. 

Cash is a 1976 graduate of Belhaven College. He earned a master's degrees in divinity and Christian education from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., in 1987.  An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, he has pastored churches in Edinburg, Texas, and Natchez, Miss., and is currently a minister-at-large in the Presbytery of the Cascades.  He and his wife Debbie, an accountant at George Fox, live in Newberg with their two children, Milton and Megan.

NWC Sports Information Director of the Year -
2007-08 - Kelly Bird, Linfield College
2006-07 - Blake Timm, Pacific University
2005-06 - Steve Flegel, Whitworth College/Northwest Conference


2009 All-Northwest Conference Baseball Team

Player of the Year:  Matt Wyckoff, George Fox
Pitcher of the Year:  Robert Bleeker, Pacific Lutheran
Co-Coaches of the Year:  Geoff Loomis, PLU; Marty Hunter, GFU

FIRST TEAM -
Catchers:          
Mark Rockey, UPS (Jr./Jr., Mountlake Terrace, Wash. / Univ. of New Mexico)
Brandon Sales, PLU (Sr./Sr., Snoqualmie, Wash. / Mount Si)

1st Base:          
Kyle Stalker, Willamette (Sr., Bellevue, Wash. / Sammamish)

2nd Base:          
Bo Thunell, George Fox (Sr./Jr., Canyon City, Ore. / Grant Union)

3rd Base:          
Ben Shively, PLU (Jr./Jr., Everett, Wash. / Archbiship Murphy) 

Shortstop:         
Taylor Hunter, George Fox (So./So., Canby, Ore. / Canby)

Outfielders:      
Matt Wyckoff, George Fox (Sr./Sr., Olympia, Wash. / Olympia)
Stew Davis, Linfield (Sr./Sr., Spokane, Wash. / Univ. of Washington)
Josh Takayoshi, PLU (Jr./Jr., Puyallup, Wash. / Wenatchee Valley CC) 
Jordan Wlodarczyk, Lewis & Clark (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lake Oswego)

Starting Pitchers: 
Reese McCulley, Linfield (Jr./Jr., Salem, Ore. / Sprague)
Tyler Fransen, Pacific (Jr./Jr., Oregon City, Ore. / Oregon City)
Trey Watt, PLU (Jr./Jr., Tualatin, Ore. / Tualatin) 
Robert Bleecker, PLU (Jr./Jr., Blaine, Wash. / Blaine) 

Relief Pitcher:  
Chad Jones, George Fox (Jr./Jr., McMinnville, Ore. / Chemeketa CC)

DH:                 
Kris Hansen, PLU (Sr./Sr., University Place, Wash. / Curtis)

Utility:              
Chad Flett, Whitworth (Sr./Sr., Spokane Wash. / CC of Spokane)

SECOND TEAM -
Catchers:           
Brent Trask, George Fox (Jr./Jr., Albany, Ore. / Linn-Benton CC)
Cole Bixenman, Linfield (So./So., Federal Way, Wash. / Todd Beamer)

1st Base:          
Jordan Post, PLU (Sr./Sr., Beaverton, Ore. / Southridge)

2nd Base:          
Matt Akridge, PLU (Sr./Sr., Vancouver, Wash. / Skyview)

3rd Base:          
Pat Bailey, George Fox (Sr./Sr., Highland, Utah / Lone Peak)

Shortstop:         
Sammy Davis, PLU (So./So., Renton, Wash. / Liberty)

Outfielders:      
Ryan Aratani, PLU (So./So., Issaquah, Wash. / Issaquah)
Tyson Smith, Linfield (Jr./Jr., Dallas, Ore. / Mt. Hood C.C.)
Kyle Kuenzi, George Fox (Sr./Sr., Silverton, Ore. / Silverton)
Dan Winterstein, George Fox (So./So., Eugene, Ore. / North Eugene)

Starting Pitchers: 
Nick Bratney P R/R 6-5 230 Sr./Sr. Boise, Idaho (Bishop Kelly)
Mark Putney, George Fox (So./So., Kodiak, Alaska / Kodiak)
Cameron Larson, Linfield (Sr./Sr., Beaverton, Ore. / Beaverton) 
Cameron Duvall, UPS (So./So., Lakewood, Wash. / Lakes)

Relief Pitcher:  
Ryan Frost, PLU (Fr./Fr., Olympia, Wash. / Tumwater)

DH:                 
AJ Brown, Lewis & Clark (Sr., Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River)

Utility:              
Jack McGee, Willamette (Sr., Hillsborough, Calif. / St. Ignatius Prep)

HONORABLE MENTION -
Todd Siler, George Fox (DH, Sr./Sr., Newberg, Ore. / Newberg)
Shane Dalgleish, George Fox (SP, Sr./Sr., Sammamish, Wash. / Eastlake)
Travis Schroeder, George Fox (RP, Jr./Jr., Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna)
Neal Finch, Lewis & Clark (C, Sr., Boulder, Colo. / Fairview)
Tucker Laurence, Lewis & Clark (1B, So., San Martin, Calif. / Henry M. Gunn)
Alex St. Pierre, Lewis & Clark (SP, So., Laguna Hills, Calif. / Laguna Hills)
Dustin Smith, Linfield (3B, So./So., Talent, Ore. / Phoenix)
Zach Boskovich, Linfield (OF, Fr./Fr., Central Point, Ore. / Crater)
Andy Hunthausen, Linfield (RP, Fr./Fr., Fircrest, Wash. / Henry Foss)
Mitch Edwards, Linfield (RP, Fr./Fr., Beaverton, Ore. / Southridge)
Joey Pulito, Pacific (OF, Jr./Jr., Beaverton, Ore. / Central Catholic)
Blaine Knuth, Pacific (SP, Sr./Sr., Salem, Ore. / North Salem)
Geoff Gabler, PLU (OF, Sr./Sr., Centralia, Wash. / Centralia)
Scott Wall, PLU (SP, So./So., Yakima, Wash. / La Salle)
Jason Powell, UPS (C, Jr./Jr., Redwood City, Calif. / Sacred Heart Prep)
Dakota Resnik, UPS (2B, So./So., Bellevue, Wash. / Newport)
Andrew Grady, UPS (SS, Fr./Fr., Cave Creek, Ariz. / Phoenix Country Day)
Gregg Ringold, UPS (OF, So./So., Los Altos Hills, Calif. / Harker School)
Tim Fogarty, UPS (SP, Jr./Jr., Pacifica, Calif. / Sacred Heart Cathedral)
Erik Korsmo, Whitman (Utility, So./So., Clyde Hill, Wash. / Bellevue)
Pete Stadmeyer, Whitman (SP, Sr./Sr., Silverton, Ore. / Silverton)
Ellis Webster, Willamette (2B, Sr., Carlsbad, Calif. / San Dieguito Academy)
David Tufo, Willamette (3B, Sr., San Bruno, Calif. / Burlingame)
Doug Bloom, Willamette (SS, So., Salem, Ore. / South Salem)
TC Lee, Willamette (OF, So., Lafayette, Calif. / Acalanes)
Colin Clark, Willamette (RP, Sr., Tigard, Ore. / Tigard)
Kyle Krustangle, Whitworth (DH, Jr./So., Spokane, Wash. / Big Bend CC)
Mitch Ramsay, Whitworth (OF, Sr./Sr., Spokane, Wash. / Blue Mountain CC)


2009 All-Northwest Conference Softball Team

Pitcher of the Year:  Brittany Miller (Linfield)
Player of the Year:  Staci Doucette (Linfield)
Coach of the Year:  Jackson Vaughan (Linfield)

FIRST TEAM
Infield -
Staci Doucette, Linfield (Fr./Fr., Vancouver, Wash. / Evergreen)
Alex Hartmann, Linfield (So./So., Medina, Wash. / Bellevue)
Emily Keagbine, Linfield (So./So., Portland, Ore. / Valley Catholic)
Mica Romero, Willamette (Fr., Woodland, Calif. / Woodland Christian)
Caitlin Brown, Pacific Lutheran (So./So., Salem, Ore. / Sprague)

Outfield -
Jaydee Baxter, Linfield (Fr./Fr., Damascus, Ore. / Barlow)
Kristen Croxford, Pacific (Sr./Sr., Klamath Falls, Ore. / Klamath Union)
Lacey Kerr, Whitworth (Jr./Jr., Mead, Wash. / Mt. Spokane)
LaShawna Holcomb, Willamette (Sr., Renton, Wash. / Hazen)

Catchers -
Emilee Lepp, Linfield (Fr./Fr., Colville, Wash. / Colville)
Jordan Liebe, Pacific Lutheran (Fr./Fr., Camas, Wash. / Camas)

Pitchers -
Brittany Miller, Linfield (Sr./Sr., Port Orchard, Wash. / South Kitsap)
Alex Watilo, Willamette (Fr., Newcastle, Calif. / Del Oro)

Utility/DP -
Chelsey Chamberlain, Pacific (Fr./Fr., Grants Pass, Ore. / Grants Pass)
Nikki Franchi, Willamette (Sr., Los Gatos, Calif. / Saratoga)
Chelsea Bradely, George Fox (Jr./Jr., Salem, Ore. / Chemeketa CC)

SECOND TEAM
Infield -
Brooke Fogwell, Pacific (Jr./Jr., Beaverton, Ore. / Southridge)
Carrie Maerz, Pacific (So./So., Newberg, Ore. / Newberg)
Amber Roberts, Pacific Lutheran (Fr./Fr., Tacoma, Wash. / Wilson)
Suzannah Von Trapp, Willamette (Fr., Salem, Ore. / South Salem)
Caty Lieseke, Whitworth (So./So., Port Orchard, Wash. / South Kitsap)
Victoria Raeburn, Puget Sound (Sr./Sr., Gladstone, Ore. / Gladstone)

Outfield -
Stephanie Vanoudenhaegen, Pacific (So./So., Cornelius, Ore. / Glencoe)
Jessie Garcia, Pacific (Jr./Jr., Yamhill, Ore. / Yamhill-Carlton)
Sierra Lessel, Willamette (Fr., Eugene, Ore. / Winston Churchill)
Rochelle Friend, Linfield (Jr./Jr., Hood River, Ore. / Hood River Valley)

Catchers -
Nicole Wallace, Willamette (Jr., Roseville, Calif. / Roseville)
Kerstyn Tsuruda, George Fox (Sr./Sr., Waimanalo, Hawai'i / Kalaheo)
Jessica Mullins, Lewis & Clark (Jr., Randle, Wash. / White Pass)

Pitchers -
Miranda McNealy, Pacific (Jr./Jr., Aloha, Ore. / Hillsboro)
Kendra Strahm, Linfield (Sr./Sr., Medford, Ore. / North Medford)

Utility/DP -
Sami Keim, Linfield (Fr./Fr., Corvallis, Ore. / Corvallis)
Aryn Grause, Puget Sound (Fr./Fr., Corvallis, Ore. / Crescent Valley)
Stacey Hagensen, Pacific Lutheran (Fr./Fr., Bellevue, Wash. / Newport)

HONORABLE MENTION
Laura Parker, Lewis & Clark (IF, Sr., Healdsburg, Calif. / Healdsburg)
Sheree Miura, Lewis & Clark (Util., Sr., Waipahu, Hawaii / St. Andrew's Priory)
Natalie Taylor, Linfield (OF, So./So., Tualatin, Ore. / Tualatin)
Samantha Van Noy, Linfield (P, Jr./Jr. Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood)
Brooke Toy, Pacific (C, So./So., Drain, Ore. / North Douglas)
Ashley Billingsley, Pacific (Util., Fr./Fr., Gresham, Ore. / Gresham)
Missy Waldron, Pacific Lutheran (OF, Sr./Sr., Snohomish, Wash. / Snohomish)
Meghan Watson, Puget Sound (IF, Sr./Sr., Brier, Wash. / Mountlake Terrace)
Megan Janes, Puget Sound (C, Fr/Fr, Littleton, Colo. / Arapahoe)
Ashley Carey, Whitworth (IF, Jr./Jr., Enumclaw, Wash. / Highline CC)
Mandee Edwards, Whitworth (OF, Sr./Sr., Kettle Falls, Wash. / Kettle Falls)
Marissa Richards, Willamette (IF, Sr., Newberg, Ore. / Newberg)
Cirbi Anthony, Willamette (OF, Sr., Salem, Ore. / Vale)
Talissa Huntsman, Willamette (Util., Fr., Richland, Wash. / Richland)

 


2009 All-NWC Men's Tennis Team

Player of the Year: Joel Trudel, Pacific Lutheran
Sportsman of the Year: Andrew Murakami, Willamette
Coach of the Year: Jeff Northam, Whitman

First Team:
Joel Trudel, Pacific Lutheran (Jr., Bremerton, Wash.)
Vincent Groot, Lewis & Clark (Fr., The Hague, Netherlands)
Chris Bailey, Whitman (So., Mercer Island, Wash.)
Etienne Moshevich, Whitman (So., Richmond, B.C.)
Dan Wilson, Whitman (Jr., Bellevue, Wash.)
Andrew Murakami, Willamette (Sr., Wahiawa, Hawaii)
Kyle Anderson, Linfield (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Michael Shelton, Whitworth (Jr., Spokane, Wash.)

Second Team:
Cody Ferguson, Willamette (Fr., North Bend, Ore.)
Michael Manser, Pacific Lutheran (Jr., Boise, Idaho)
Scott Barnett, George Fox (Fr., Jefferson, Ore.)
Ward Van Mens, Linfield (Fr., Goirle, The Netherlands)
Joe Wales, Whitworth (So., Salem, Ore.)
Nick Ruess, Linfield (Sr., Portland, Ore.)

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Four NWC members receive President's Honor Roll Award for Service

Linfield, Whitman, Whitworth and Willamette have all been selected to receive the President's Honor Roll Award for Service in 2008.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. The Honor Roll's Presidential Award, given each year to only a handful of institutions, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Links to each of the institution's press releases are below:

http://www.linfield.edu/press/detail.php?id=1081

http://www.whitman.edu/content/news/honorroll

 http://www.whitworth.edu/News/2008_2009/Spring/HonorRoll.htm

http://blog.willamette.edu/news/archives/2009/02/willamette_hono.php


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2009 All-Northwest Conference Men's Basketball Team

 

Coach of the Year: Justin Lunt, Puget Sound
Player of the Year: Jason Foster, Puget Sound

First Team All-Northwest Conference:
Jason Foster, Puget Sound (F, 6'7", Sr., Spanaway, Wash. - Henry Foss HS)
Robert Krauel, Puget Sound (F, 6'4", Sr., Phoenix, Ariz. - North Canyon HS)
Antwan Williams, Puget Sound (G, 6'0", Sr., Portland, Ore. - Madison HS)
Ross Nakamura, Whitworth  (G, 6'1", Sr., Moraga, Calif. - Diablo Valley Coll.)
Chris Faidley, Whitman (G, 6'2", Sr., Shoreline, Wash. - King's HS)
Cameron Mitchell, Willamette (P, 6'7", Jr., Portland, Ore. - Univ. of Redlands)
David Riley, Whitworth (G, 6'5", So., Palo Alto, Calif. - Gunn HS)

Second Team All-Northwest Conference:
Kyler McClary, Willamette (P, 6'5", Sr., Hillsboro, Ore. - Glencoe HS)
Josh Kollasch, Lewis & Clark (G, 6'3", Jr., Tucson, Ariz. - Western State Univ.)
Cody Tesoro, Linfield (G, 5'10", Jr., Kahului, Hawaii - Western Oregon Univ.)
K.C. Wiser, Linfield (C, 6'8", So., Tigard, Ore. - Tigard HS)
Calvin Jurich, Whitworth  (P, 6'6", Sr., Spokane, Wash. - University HS)

Honorable Mention All-Northwest Conference:
Garold Howe, Pacific (Ore.) (F, 6'6", Sr., Salem, Ore. - Chemeketa CC)
Erik Olson, Linfield (F, 6'4", Sr., South Strafford, Va. - UW-River Falls)
David Berggren, Lewis & Clark (F, 6'6", Sr., Tualatin, Ore. - Tualatin HS)
Tyson Papenfuss, Lewis & Clark (F, 6'5", Sr., Clackamas, Ore. - Mt. Hood CC)
Austin Boyce, Puget Sound (F, 6'5", Jr., Kent, Wash. - Kentwood HS)
Alex Stockner, George Fox (P, 6'4", Jr., Monmouth, Ore. - Western Oregon Univ.)
Nadav Heyman, Puget Sound (G, 6'1", Fr., Corvallis, Ore. - Corvallis HS)


2009 All-Northwest Conference Women's Basketball Team

Coach of the Year: Scott Rueck, George Fox
Player of the Year: Kristen Shielee, George Fox

First Team All-Northwest Conference:
Kristen Shielee, George Fox  (C, 6'4", Sr., Gresham, Ore. - Gresham HS)
Claire Ely, Puget Sound (G, 5'9", Jr., Walnut Creek, Calif.                - Northgate HS)
Molly Fillion, Willamette (G/F, 5'9", Sr., Silverton, Ore. - Linn-Benton CC)
Rochelle Reeves, Pacific (Ore.) (G, 5'7", Jr., Gresham, Ore. - Chemeketa CC)
Sage Indendi, George Fox  (G, 5'9", Fr., Livingston, Mont. - Park HS)
Hilary White, Whitman (G, 5'9", Jr., Carlsbad, Calif. - The Bishop's School)

Second Team All-Northwest Conference:
Karen Chase, Puget Sound (P, 6'2", Sr., Yakima, Wash. - West Valley HS)
Cassie Pilkinton, Whitworth (F, 5'9", Jr., Chelan, Wash. - North Idaho Coll.)
Keisha Gordon, George Fox (G, 5'10, Fr., Vancouver, Wash. - Heritage HS)
Emily Voorhies, Pacific Lutheran (C, 6-1, Sr., Auburn , Wash. - Auburn HS)
Jenele Peterson, Whitman (G, 5'7, So., Redondo Beach, Calif. - South HS)

Honorable Mention All-Northwest Conference:
Margaret  Dowling, Lewis & Clark (F, 5'11", Fr., Burlingame, Calif. - Notre Dame HS)
Trinity Gibbons, Pacific Lutheran  (G, 5'8", Sr., Riddle , Ore. - Riddle HS)
Amanda Juarez, Linfield (G, 5'6", Fr., Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington HS)
Julianne Erbe, Pacific (Ore.) (P, 5'11", Fr., Canby, Ore. - Canby HS)
Alida Bower, Whitworth (F, 5'8", Sr., Onalaska, Wash. - Onalaska HS)
Nikki Scott, Pacific Lutheran (G, 5'7", Sr., Gig Harbor, Wash. - Gig Harbor HS)
Rebecca  Sexton, Whitman (P, 6'3", So., Fox Island, Wash. - Gig Harbor HS)
Christina  Herring, Lewis & Clark (G, 5'7", So., San Dimas, Calif. - Vivian Webb HS)












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Whitworth Grabs Swim Leads After Fast First Day

  Friday's results

On a night when records were broken in eight of the ten events, Whitworth University grabbed leads on the first night of competition at the 2009 Northwest Conference swimming championships on Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.

The Whitworth women won three of the five women's events to score 245 points, ahead of Puget Sound (215.5).  The Whitworth men earned a victory in only the 500-yard freestyle, but the Pirates outscored UPS 206-191.

Brittany Gresset and Natalie Turner of Whitworth each won her event for the third straight season.  Gresset became a three-time champion of the 50-yard freestyle with a winning time of 23.96.  She set a new NWC meet record in the morning preliminaries with a time of 23.94.  Turner earned her third straight title in the 500-yard freestyle with a new all-time Northwest Conference record of 4:57.57.  Gresset broke her own meet record and Turner broke her own all-time record, both set last season.

Lindsay Nixon of Lewis & Clark returned to the top of the award stand in the 200-yard individual medley, an event she won in 2007.  Her time of 2:10.03 was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and she finished just ahead of Yasmeen Kheshgi of Whitworth (2:10.52).

Gresset and Turner led the Whitworth women to a meet-opening victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a new meet record time of 1:36.84.  The previous meet record of 1:37.67 was set by Whitworth in 2007.

The University of Puget Sound's women's 400-yard medley relay broke the all-time NWC record in that event with a time of 3:56.67, beating the time of 3:57.17 set by the Loggers at the 2007 NCAA Division III Championships.

UPS was victorious in both men's relays on Friday night.  The Loggers' winning time of 1:22.63 in the 200 free relay broke the all-time NWC record of 1:23.88 set by UPS at the 1999 NAIA Championships.  UPS closed the night by winning the 400 medley relay in 3:24.63, more than eight seconds ahead of runner-up Whitworth and breaking the previous all-time record of 3:25.73 set by Whitworth at the 2003 NCAA Division III Championships.

Michael Woodward of Whitworth won the men's 500 freestyle with a new meet record time of 4:33.08, breaking the previous meet record time of 4:33.77 set by the Pirates' Loren Kilgore in 2004.

Jay Jones of Pacific Lutheran posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 200 I.M., winning going away with a time of 1:55.01.

The men's 50 freestyle final was the fastest in NWC history.  After Bret Schuederberg of UPS broke a 26-year old meet record in the morning preliminaries with a time of 20.89, Dominic Rieniets of Linfield came back in the championship final to defend his title with an even faster meet record time of 20.79.  Steve Koga of Willamette had held the meet record of 20.90 since 1983.

The complete women's team scores through the first day of competition are: Whitworth 245, Puget Sound 215.5, Lewis & Clark 120, Whitman 84.5, Pacific 81, Linfield 76, Pacific Lutheran 68, Willamette 47.  The men's scores through Friday's events are: Whitworth 206, Puget Sound 191, Whitman 148, Linfield 111, Pacific Lutheran 100, Pacific 72, Lewis & Clark 64, Willamette 45.

The three day event continues on Saturday and concludes on Sunday.  Whitworth's men are aiming for a seventh straight NWC title, while the Pirate women are shooting for their second in a row.





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2009 NWC Baseball Coaches Poll

School (1st) Pts. 2008 Overall 2008 NWC
Linfield College (4) 79 35-13 25-7
George Fox University (3) 75 28-14 24-8
Pacific Lutheran University (2) 71 24-14-2 21-11
Willamette University   49 20-20 16-15
Whitworth University   40 13-27 12-20
Univ. of Puget Sound   36 19-20 15-17
Pacific University   35 20-20 16-15
Lewis & Clark College   20 16-24 12-20
Whitman College   10 4-36 2-30

(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).

Linfield Leads Crowded List of Favorites in 2009 NWC Baseball Coaches Poll

Spokane, Wash. - Defending champion Linfield College is a slight favorite to win the Northwest Conference baseball title once again in 2009, edging George Fox University and Pacific Lutheran University in a preseason poll of NWC coaches.

The Wildcats picked up four out of nine first place votes to total 79 total poll points. Linfield must overcome the graduation of five starters who were either first or second team All-NWC selections in 2008, including NWC Pitcher of the Year Brian Clark. But the Wildcats will welcome back starting pitchers Cameron Larson, Reese McCulley and Garrett Dorn, all of whom were second team All-NWC selections, along with first team relief pitcher Robert Vaughn. Linfield advanced to the NCAA Division III world series last season.

George Fox University, which won or shared five straight NWC titles from 2002 - 2006, is second in the poll with 75 total points and three first place votes. The Bruins have three All-NWC pitchers back as well, including first team honoree Mark Putney. First baseman Matt Wyckoff and outfielders Kyle Kuenzi and Dan Winterstein, all second team selections in 2008, will lead a potent offense.

Pacific Lutheran University, which won its first-ever NWC baseball title in 2007, is third in the poll with 71 points and the remaining two first place votes. The Lutes return first team All-NWC outfielders Geoff Gabler and Ryan Aratani, as well as first team All-NWC starting pitchers Trey Watt and Robert Bleecker. Relief pitcher Hunter Simpson was a second team choice last spring.

Willamette University is fourth in the poll with 49 points. Kyle Stalker, the 2008 NWC Player of the Year who led the NWC in home runs (22) and runs batted in (63), returns to lead the Bearcats along with first team All-NWC shortstop Doug Bloom.

Whitworth University picked up 40 points for fifth place in the poll. Chad Flett, a first team All-NWC utility player, will return to pitch and play first base for the Pirates.

The University of Puget Sound (36 points) and Pacific University (35) follow in sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Loggers welcome back All-NWC reliever Ryan Gustafson, while the Boxers return second team All-NWC designated hitter Kaeo Lee Hee.

Lewis & Clark College was eighth with 20 points. Tucker Laurence earned first team All-NWC as a freshman starting pitcher for the Pioneers in 2008.

Whitman College rounds out the poll in ninth place with 10 points. The Missionaries have the honor of opening up the NWC schedule with a series at Occidental on February 6-8.

For the second year in a row the NWC will use a four-game series for in-conference play. The first weekend of NWC games is scheduled for February 28 and March 1.


2009 NWC Softball Coaches Poll

School (1st) Pts. 2008 Overall 2008 NWC
Linfield College 6 68 38-6 25-3
Pacific University 2 57 31-9 20-8
Willamette University   54 25-11 19-9
Pacific Lutheran University   38 21-19 18-10
Whitworth University   33 16-21 13-12
University of Puget Sound   27 11-23 9-16
Lewis & Clark College   13 3-34 2-26
George Fox University   11 3-29-1 3-25

(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).

Linfield Favored to Win Sixth Straight NWC Title

Spokane, Wash. - Linfield College is a strong favorite to win the 2009 Northwest Conference softball title, a championship that would be the Wildcats' sixth in a row. The 2009 season will also be a year in change in the NWC as half of the schools will feature new head coaches.

Linfield picked up six first place votes and 68 points in the poll, but Wildcat head coach, and five-time NWC Coach of the Year, Jackson Vaughan has some work to do to replace five starters who all earned first team All-NWC honors last season. The list includes outfielder Stephanie Rice and infielders Amanda Attleberger, Meredith Brunette, Erica Hancock and Jenny Marshall. However, Linfield should be strong in the circle once again as two-time NWC Pitcher of the Year Brittany Miller will be joined by second team All-NWC hurler Kendra Strahm.

Pacific University is second in the poll with 57 points and the remaining two first place votes. The Boxers must overcome the graduation of two-time All-NWC catcher Caitlin Mastenbroek, but welcome back two-time All-NWC starting pitcher Miranda McNealy along with first team All-NWC outfielder Kristen Croxford.

Willamette University is third in the poll with 54 points. Nikki Franchi, the 2008 NWC Player of the Year, returns for her senior season. She led the NWC in hitting last season (.518) and was 19-4 with a 1.85 ERA in the circle. The Bearcats also welcome back All-NWC outfielder Katie Peterson.

Pacific Lutheran University is fourth in the poll with 38 points, followed by Whitworth University with 33 points. The Lutes return first team All-NWC catcher Vanessa Bryant and utility player Rachel Wheeler-Hoyt. Outfielder Lacey Kerr is one of only four returning starters for the Pirates.

The University of Puget Sound is sixth in the poll with 27 points. Infielder Meghan Watson is the leading returnee for the Loggers.

Lewis & Clark College was seventh (13 points) and George Fox University was eighth (11 points).

PLU, Whitworth, UPS and George Fox all feature new head coaches this season.

Pacific Lutheran will kick off the 2009 season with an early-February trip to California. Most of the rest of the NWC begins play with games the week of February 16-21.


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2008 All-Northwest Conference Women's Soccer Team

Coach of the Year:  Randy Hanson, Puget Sound
Offensive Player of the Year:  Janece Levien, Puget Sound
Defensive Player of the Year:  Nikki Graff, Puget Sound

First Team:
GK - Courtney Porter, Whitman (6-0, Jr./Jr., Redmond, Wash. / Inglemoor)
D - Nikki Graff, UPS (5-7, Sr./Sr., Corvallis, Ore. / Crescent Valley)
D - Kelly Baker, Whitworth (5-3, Sr./Sr., Boise, Idaho / Boise)
D - Kelsey Rogel, Willamette (5-10, Sr., Tacoma, Wash. / Bellarmine Prep)
MF - Lindsey Oakes, Whitworth (5-5, Jr./Jr., Boise, Idaho / Boise)
MF - Kirsten Cardwell, George Fox (5-8, So./So., Springfield, Ore. / Thurston)
MF - Fiona Gornick, UPS (5-3, Sr./Sr., Portland, Ore. / Grant)
F - Jenny McKinsey, George Fox (5 -5, Jr./Jr., Spokane, Wash. / Pacific Lutheran Univ.)
F - Corina Gabbert, Whitman (5-8, Jr./Jr., Portland, Ore. / Catlin Gabel School)
F - Janece Levien, UPS (5-6, Sr./Jr., Beaverton, Ore. / Beaverton)
F - Whitney Ramsey, Whitworth (5-4, Sr./Sr., Spokane, Wash. / North Central)

Second Team:
GK - Kallie Wolfer, UPS (5-7, Jr./Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah / Skyline)
D - Shelley Martindale, Pacific (5-6, Sr./Jr., Yacolt, Wash. / Washington State Univ.)
D - Serwaah Fordjour, UPS (5-4, So./So., Shoreline, Wash. / Shorewood)
D - Liska Havel, L&C (5-6, Jr., Willamina, Ore. / McMinnville)
MF - Mikaela Freeman, UPS (5-2, Fr./Fr., Alameda, Calif. / Bishop O'Dowd)
MF - Alisa Larson-Xu, Whitman (5-7, Sr./Sr., Eugene, Ore./ UC-Santa Cruz)
MF - Jenny Novak, Pacific (5-3, So./So., Dexter, Ore. / Pleasant Hill)
F - Jenny Moore, UPS (5-1, Fr./Fr., Kent, Wash. / Kentwood)
F - Nicole Akiu, George Fox (5-2, So./So., Honolulu, Hawai'i / Kamehameha)
F - Lauren Miller, Willamette (5-7, Sr., Portland, Ore. / Northwestern State [La.] Univ.)
F - Elizabeth Mattila, Whitworth (5-7, So./So., Ferndale, Wash. / Ferndale)

Honorable Mention:
  GK - Sally Page, George Fox (Jr.).
  D - Melissa Leighty, George Fox (So.); Kelsey Hasselblad, Linfield (So.); Jordan Daniels, PLU (Fr.); Sarah Nostdal, Whitman (Sr.); Kate Newman, Whitman (So.); Miranda Cosand, Whitworth (Jr.); Samantha Post, Willamette (Sr.).
  MF - Kate Franklin, Linfield (Sr.); Steph Caster, Linfield (Sr.); Lauren Kanda, Pacific (So.); Amanda Crawford, PLU (Sr.); Kayla Boortz, UPS (So.); Jennifer Doane, Whitman (Sr.); Alex Baxter, Willamette (So.).
  F - Kara Tisthammer, Whitworth (Sr.); Emily Rohde, Whitworth (So.).


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2008 All-Northwest Conference Football Team

Co-Offensive Players of the Year:  Adam Anderson, Whitworth / Merben Woo, Willamette
Co-Defensive Players of the Year:  Taylor Summers, Linfield / Tommy Grove, Willamette
Coach of the Year: Mark Speckman, Willamette

First Team Offense:
QB - Grant Leslie, Willamette (6-2, 195, Sr., Bainbridge Island, Wash. / Bainbridge)
RB - Adam Anderson, Whitworth (5-11, 219, Jr./Jr. Elk, Wash.. Riverside / Univ. of Idaho)
RB - Joevonte Mayes, L&C (5-6, 160, So., Portland, Ore./Rex Putnam)
RB - Deon Horne, Willamette (5-9, 160, Jr., Issaquah, Wash. / Liberty )
WR - Travis Masters, Linfield (5-8, 185, Sr./ Sr., Elk Grove, Calif. / Elk Grove)
WR - Darrell Stewart, UPS (6-2, 200, Sr./Sr., Long Beach, Calif. / Loyola)
WR - Greg Ford, PLU (6-1, 185, So./So., Steilacoom, Wash. / Steilacoom)
Slot - Merben Woo, Willamette (5-9, 165, Sr., Salinas, Calif. / Hartnell College)
OL - Jared Hinkle, Linfield (6-2, 270, Sr./ Sr., Eugene, Ore. / Sheldon)
OL - Aaron Heston, Linfield (6-5, 300, Sr./ Jr., West Linn, Ore. / West Linn)
OL - Jeff Kintner, Whitworth (6-4, 305, Jr./Jr., Wenatchee, Wash. / Wenatchee)
OL - Scott Hirschberger, Willamette (6-0, 280, Jr., Beaverton, Ore. / Southridge)
OL - Jake Forshey, Willamette (6-7, 310, Sr., Santa Ynez, Calif. / Santa Ynez Valley Union)
OL - Victor Brankovich, Menlo (6-4, 290, Sr., East Palo Alto, Calif. / Coll. of San Mateo
PK - Scott Birkhofer, Linfield (6-2, 185, Sr./ Sr., Boring, Ore. / Portland Christian)

First Team Defense:
DL - Taylor Summers, Linfield (6-3, 246, Sr./ Sr., Sammamish, Wash. / Eastern Wash. Univ.)
DL - Brandon Martin, Whitworth (5-11, 262, Jr./Jr., Sweet Home, Ore. / Sweet Home)
DL - Alverno Middleton, UPS (6-0, 240, Sr./Sr., Lakewood, Wash. / Clover Park)
DL - Marcus Ford, Willamette (5-11, 215, Sr., Marina, Calif. / Monterey Peninsula College)
LB - Alex Tkachuk, Linfield (6-1, 220, Jr./ Jr., Beaverton, Ore. / Southridge)
LB - Tommy Grove, Willamette (6-1, 219, Sr., Moccasin, Calif. / Butte Junior College)
LB - Jack Bevins, Willamette (5-11, 220, Sr., Park City, Utah / Park City)
LB - Neal Chalmers, PLU (6-1, 240, Sr./Sr., Bellevue, Wash. / Newport)
DB - Ryan Bettencourt, Willamette (5-10, 195, Sr., Danville, Calif. / San Ramon Valley)
DB - Arlin Taylor, Willamette (5-9, 175, So., Spring Valley, Calif. / Steele Canyon)

Second Team Offense:
QB - Kavin Williams, UPS (6-0, 215, Sr./Jr., Ocean Shores, Wash. / North Beach)
RB - Reggie Ford, Linfield (5-9, 195, Sr./ Sr., Seattle, Wash. / Central Wash. Univ.)
RB - Silas Paul, UPS (6-1, 217, Sr./Sr., Portland, Ore. / Oregon)
RB - Milton Nelson, Whitworth (5-7, 180, Sr./Jr., Spokane, Wash. / Eastern Wash. Univ.)
WR - John Torsey, Linfield (6-0, 205, Sr./ Sr., Bend, Ore. / Summit)
WR - Scott Schoettgen, Willamette (6-3, 205, So., Columbia, Calif. / Sonora)
WR - James Bassett, Menlo (6-3, 200, Jr., Fremont, Calif. / Coll. of San Mateo
Slot - Drew Griffin, PLU (5-8, 160, Sr./Jr., Vancouver, Wash. / Air Force Academy)
TE - Josh Lee, Willamette (6-2, 235, Sr., Eugene, Ore. / Air Force Academy)
OL - Curtis Smith, L&C (6-0, 290, Jr., Santa Margarita, Calif./Atascadero)
OL - Boone Freeman, UPS (6-5, 270, Sr./Sr., Tonasket, Wash. / Tonasket)
OL - Michael Cozad, Whitworth (6-3, 280, Jr./Jr., Bellingham, Wash. / Sehome)
OL - Michael Nahl, Whitworth (6-2, 314, Sr./Jr., West Seattle, Wash. / Univ. of Wash.)
OL - Joe Penkala, Willamette (6-6, 270, Jr., Niles, Ill. / Loyola Academy)

Second Team Defense:
DL - Corey Lowe, Willamette (6-3, 235, Jr., Beaverton, Ore. / Beaverton)
DL - Gabe Shoemaker, Whitworth (6-1, 262, So./So., Shelton, Wash. / Shelton)
DL - Paul Nishizaki, Linfield (5-11, 280, Jr./ So., Portland, Ore. / Westview)
DL - Giustin Jenkins, PLU (5-10, 230, Jr./Jr., Snohomish, Wash. / Bellevue)
LB - Eric Borton, UPS (5-10, 210, Sr./Sr., Yakima, Wash. / West Valley)
LB - Justin Wise, Menlo (5-11, 220, Jr., San Jose, Calif. / De Anza Coll.)
LB - Layton Brown, Whitworth (6-3, 220, So./So., Kennewick, Wash. / Kennewick)
LB - Jaymin Jackson, Linfield (6-0, 228, Jr./ Jr., Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River)
LB - Haden Gienger, PLU (6-2, 250, Sr./Sr., Graham, Wash. / Central Wash. Univ.)
DB - Demetri Huffman, UPS (6-1, 205, Sr./Sr., Lynnwood, Wash. / Meadowdale)
DB - Jesse Clark, Whitworth (6-0, 192, Sr./Sr., Spokane, Wash. / Northwestern St. [La.])
DB - Matt Wolford, PLU (5-10, 185, Sr./Sr., Parkland, Wash. / Franklin Pierce)

Honorable Mention Offense:
  QB - AJ Brown, L&C (Sr.); Mike Byrne, PLU (Sr.); Angel Molina, Menlo (So.)
  RB - Jordan Long, Menlo (Sr.); Harrison Keller, L&C (So.); Cody Anthony, Willamette (Sr.)
  WR - Ryan Kostecka, L&C (So.); Dino Arancibia, Menlo (Sr.); Darrell Willis, Menlo (Jr.); Matt Truscott, Menlo (Sr.); Kyle Whitford, PLU (So.); Drew Shepherd, Willamette (Jr.)
  TE - Chris Long, Menlo (Sr.); Kai Watts, L&C (So.)
  OL - Luis Guerra, Willamette (So.); Robert Garcia, Willamette (Sr.); Steven Matos, Menlo (Jr.); Mike Sacco, Menlo (Jr.); Kyle Edwards, PLU (Sr.); Sean Johnson, L&C (So.); Casey Wilson, L&C (Sr.); Brent Desmond, Linfield (Sr.); Jason Bolin, Linfield (Sr.)

Honorable Mention Defense:
  DL - Tony Slater, PLU (Jr.); Mike Reeves, Willamette (Sr.); Scott Olsen, Linfield (Sr.); Michael Oates, UPS (Jr.); Damien Girard, Menlo (So.); Robbie Fritts, Menlo (Sr.).
  LB - Brett Klee, Menlo (Jr.); Kael Johnson, Menlo (Sr.,); Andy Sturza, PLU (Jr.); Matt Banta, Willamette (Jr.).
  DB - Steven Turner, Menlo (Jr.); Shawn Kelly, L&C (Jr.); Dean Kongslie, Linfield (Sr.); Jeff Kahler, Willamette (So.); Tyler McCann, Linfield (Sr.).


2008 All-Northwest Conference Men's Soccer Team

Coach of the Year:  Sean Bushey, Whitworth
Defensive Player of the Year:  Brett Axelrod, Whitman
Offensive Player of the Year:  Caleb Barnhill, Whitworth

First Team:
GK - Brett Axelrod, Whitman (6-1, 180, Sr./Sr., Union, N.J. / Union)
D - Brandon Porter, Pacific (6-1, 180, Jr./Jr., Canby, Ore. / Canby)
D - Cole Peterson, UPS (6-4, 195, Jr./Jr., Great Falls, Mont. / CM Russell)
D - Travis Jette, Whitworth (5-9, 157, Sr./Sr., Missoula, Mont. / North Idaho Col.)
MF - Stephen Phillips, Whitman (6-1, 190, Sr./Sr., Sandy, Utah / Waterford School)
MF - Taylor Hyde, UPS (6-3, 185, Sr./Sr., Sandy, Utah / Waterford)
MF - Jason Bjorgo, PLU (5-10, 155, Jr./Jr., Redmond, Wash. / Evergreen State Coll.)
F - Caleb Barnhill, Whitworth (6-2, 190, Sr./Sr., Sultan, Wash. / Sultan)
F - Derek Karamatic, PLU (6-0, 180, Sr./Sr., Gig Harbor, Wash. / Gig Harbor)
F - Danny Williams, Pacific (6-1, 185, Sr./Sr., Eugene, Ore. / Concordia Univ.-Ore.)
F - John Prugh, Whitworth (6-1, 173, Sr./Sr., Bozeman, Mont. / North Idaho Col.)
F - Kurtis Wong, Linfield (5-9, 150, Jr./ Jr., Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Shorecrest)

Second Team:
GK - Andrew Stevermer, Pacific (6-5, 190, So./So., Gillette, Wyo. / Campbell County)
GK - Daniel Mangum, PLU (6-2, 190, So./So., Bothell, Wash. / Juanita)
D - Derek MacLean, PLU (6-1, 175, Jr./Jr., Seattle, Wash. / Kennedy)
D - Andy Stolz, PLU (6-0, 175, Sr./Sr., Tacoma, Wash. / Life Christian Academy)
D - Bryan Olson, Whitworth (6-0, 169, Jr./Jr., Missoula, Mont. / Sentinel)
MF - Cameron Bushey, Whitworth (6-1, 149, Fr./Fr., Spokane, Wash. / Mead)
MF - Casey Dineen, Willamette (6-0, 170, Jr., Portland, Ore. / Jesuit)
MF - Eddy Prugh, Whitworth (6-1, 159, Fr./Fr., Bozeman, Mont. / Bozeman)
MF - Greg Phillips, Whitman (5-10, 175, Sr./Sr., Sandy, Utah / Waterford School)
MF - Surafel Worku, PLU (5-6, 160, Fr./Fr., Renton, Wash. / Lindbergh)
F - Brennan Altringer, George Fox (5-11, 175, Fr./Fr., Beaverton, Ore. / Southridge)
F - Todd Wallenius, Whitman (6-1, 175, Jr./So., Oceanside, Calif. / San Dieguito)

Honorable Mention:
  D - Avery Neal, Pacific (So.); Ben Coffey, UPS (So.); Ben Rotert, Whitworth (Sr.); Jared Komo, Pacific (Sr.); Kevin Sigley, Whitman (Sr.); Cooper Crosby, Whitman (So.); Kyle Johnson, UPS (Sr.); Scott Parsons, PLU (Jr.); Trevor McDonald, PLU (Sr.).
  MF - Michel Camacho, Linfield (So.); Jordan Droppert, Whitman (Jr.); Travis Isaacs, Linfield (Jr.); Michael Iacolucci, Pacific (So.); Mike McKenzie, Whitman (Sr.).
  F - Erik Kaufman, Willamette (Fr.); Kyle Wallace, Linfield (Fr.); Alex Lehecka, UPS (Jr.); Elly Bulega, Whitworth (Jr.); Ricky Morales, PLU (Fr.).










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2008 All-Northwest Conference Volleyball Team

Player of the Year - Beth Hanna, Pacific Lutheran / Coach of the Year - Kevin Aoki, PLU

First Team
Beth Hanna, PLU (OH, 6-0, So./So., Clackamas, Ore. / Clackamas)
Lindsey Denman, UPS (LS, 6'0", Jr/Jr., Kenmore, Wash. / Inglemoor)
Katherine Fiedler, L&C (MH, So., 6-3, San Diego, Calif. / The Bishop's School)
Kelsy Takashima, Pacific (MB, 5-10, Fr./Fr., Kaunakakai, Hawaii / Molokai)
Sarah Beaver, PLU (S, 5-10, So./So., Gresham, Ore. / Gresham)
Kaimi Rocha, Whitworth (OH, 5-9, Fr./Fr., Pukalani (Maui), Hawaii / Seabury Hall)
Brynn Blickenstaff, UPS (LS, 6'0", Fr/Fr., Eagle, Idaho / Eagle) 

Second Team
Emily Vuylsteke, Linfield (MB, 5-11, Jr./Jr., Hillsboro, Ore. / Valley Catholic)
Alex Graves, Whitman (OH, 5-9, Jr./Jr., Palo Alto, Calif. / Henry Gunn)
Brenna Archibald, PLU (Lib, 5-9, Jr./Jr., Seaside, Ore. / Seaside)
Margaret Dowling, L&C (OH, Fr., 5-11, Burlingame, Calif. / Notre Dame HS)
Jessica Durham, Willamette (OH, 5-6, Sr., Medford, Ore. / North Medford)
Melissa Dunn, Pac (OH, 5-7, Sr./Sr., Sonona, Calif. / Justin-Siena)

Honorable Mention
Kelsie Moore, PLU (OH, 5-9, Fr./Fr., Oregon City, Ore. / Oregon City)
Natalie Picket, George Fox (MB, 6-0, Sr./Sr., Albany, Ore. / West Albany)
Kalli Kamphaus, UPS (M, 6'0", Jr./Jr., Manson, Wash. / Manson)
Jamie Fred, UPS (S, 5'7", Sr./Sr., Centennial, Colo. / Grandview)
Samantha Lau, Linfield (OH, 5-4, Fr./Fr., Kailua, Hawaii / Saint Francis)
Tara Hill, Linfield (OH, 5-10, Fr./Fr., Springfield, Ore. / Thurston)
Jessica McGraw, Willamette (OH, 5-7, Jr., Gaston, Ore. / Yamhill-Carlton Union)
Stephanie Purser, Linfield (S, 5-8, Jr./Jr., Bothell, Wash. / Inglemoor)
Nikki Bardwell, Whitworth (OH, 5-8, Sr./Sr., Colville, Wash. / N. Idaho Coll.)
Ka'ipo Rocha, Whitworth (MB, 5-10, Fr./Fr., Pukalani (Maui), Hawaii / Seabury Hall) 













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NWC Honors Long-Time SID Jack Sareault

 

Northwest Conference Honors Jack Sareault 

October 30, 2008

TACOMA, Wash. - On Saturday, October 25 Northwest Conference Commissioner Matt Newman was on hand to honor Jack Sareault during half time of the Pacific Lutheran vs. Puget Sound football game at Baker Stadium.

Sareault served as sports information director (SID) for the Northwest Conference for 19 years from 1978-1997, and was instrumental in documenting the league's entire sports history, going all the way back to its founding in 1926.    

In recognition of Jack's invaluable work, the Conference Sports Information Director of the Year award has been named in his honor the Jack Sareault Award. The award will be given annually to the top SID in the league, following the great example set by Jack to serve the conference's nine member institutions.

Past Conference Sports Information Directors of the Year include Kelly Bird, Linfield (2007-08), Blake Timm, Pacific (2006-07) and Steve Flegel, Whitworth/Northwest Conference (2005-06).





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2008-09 NWC Men's Basketball Coaches Poll

2008-09 Men's Basketball Coaches Pre-Season Poll:
School (1st) Pts. 2007-08 All 2007-08 NWC
Puget Sound (Wash.) (5) 80 19-7 11-5
Whitworth (Wash.) (3) 74 21-7 12-4
Willamette (Ore.)   55 11-15 9-7
Pacific (Ore.)   50 11-14 9-7
Lewis & Clark (Ore.)   46 15-9 9-7
Linfield (Ore.)   41 14-11 9-7
Whitman (Wash.) (1) 29 5-19 1-15
Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)   26 11-13 7-9
George Fox (Ore.)   13 9-16 5-11

(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).

 

Puget Sound Edges Whitworth in 2008-09 NWC Poll

Spokane, Wash. - Two returning First Team All-Northwest Conference honorees are expected to lead Puget Sound to the 2008-09 men's basketball championship, knocking off two-time defending champion Whitworth in the process.

The Loggers picked up five first place votes and 80 points in the poll. UPS returns four starters, including First Team All-NWC guard Antwan Williams and First Team all-conference forward Jason Foster, from a squad that finished 19-7 last season and 11-5 in the NWC.

Whitworth is second in the poll with three first place votes and 74 points.  The Pirates must move forward without 2008 NWC Player of the Year Ryan Symes and First Team All-NWC honoree Colin Willemsen, but will look to Cousy Award nominee Ross Nakamura for leadership.

The next four spots in the poll are filled by teams that shared third place in the final 2008 NWC standings.  Willamette, which enjoyed the advantage of the tiebreakers to advance to the NWC playoffs last season, is third in the poll with 55 points.  The Bearcats return Second Team All-NWC post Kyler McClary.

Pacific (Ore.) (50 points) is fourth in the poll, just ahead of Lewis & Clark (46). The Boxers welcome back First Team All-NWC guard Gerold Howe, and 2007 All-NWC forward Ross Bartlett, who was injured last season.  Lewis & Clark returns senior starters David Berggren (guard) and Tyson Pappenfus (post).

Linfield is sixth in the poll with 41 points. The Wildcats return sophomore center K.C. Wiser, who was the only underclassman to earn either First or Second Team All-NWC honors last season, as part of the Second Team.

Whitman is seventh in the poll (29) points, and picked up the final first place vote.  Senior guard Chris Faidley was a Second Team All-NWC choice last season after leading the conference in scoring (22.2 ppg).

Pacific Lutheran is eighth in the poll (26 points).  Senior wing Josh Dressler was the second leading scorer in the NWC last season and returns to lead the Lutes.

Ninth place in the poll went to George Fox with 13 points.  The Bruins will have to overcome the graduation of First Team All-NWC point guard Brent Satern.

The Northwest Conference will use a conference tournament to decide the automatic (Pool A) bid to the NCAA tournament.

The season officially gets underway on Saturday, November 15th.


Whitman Narrow Favorite Over Whitworth in Women's Basketball

2008-09 Women's Basketball Coaches Pre-Season Poll:
School (1st) Pts. 2007-08 All 2007-08 NWC
Whitman (Wash.) (4) 73 14-11 8-8
Whitworth (Wash.) (3) 68 13-12 8-8
Lewis & Clark (Ore.) (1) 60 14-12 10-6
Puget Sound (Wash.)   56 23-5 14-2
George Fox (Ore.) (1) 52 25-5 14-2
Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)   42 14-11 7-9
Linfield (Ore.)   28 12-13 5-11
Pacific (Ore.)   18 4-20 3-13
Willamette (Ore.)   17 5-20 3-13

(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).

 

Whitman and Whitworth Lead 2008-09 NWC Women's Poll

Spokane, Wash. - A changing of the guard is expected for 2008-09 in Northwest Conference women's basketball, as neither Puget Sound or George Fox - co-champions each of the last two seasons - top this year's coaches poll.  Whitman edged Whitworth in the voting.

Whitman picked up four first place votes and 80 points in the poll.  The Missionaries tied for fourth in last years standings with Whitworth, but return Second Team All-NWC forward Michelle Krall, along with Jenele Peterson, who earned honorable mention All-NWC recognition as a freshman last winter.

Whitworth is second in the poll with three first place votes and 68 points.  The Pirates return First Team All-NWC forward Alida Bower, the only first team honoree returning this season.  Honorable mention guard Natalie Orrell also returns for Whitworth.

Lewis & Clark, last season's third place finisher, is third in the poll with 60 points and one first place vote.  The Pioneers graduated First Team All-NWC guard Crystal Castle and Second Team All-NWC forward Allison Farr.  L&C will look to junior point guard Kim Kittell to lead the way.

Puget Sound (56 points) is fourth in the poll, just ahead of George Fox (52), despite the fact that George Fox picked up the final first place vote. The Both teams lost two First Team All-NWC selections to graduation.  For the Loggers it was center Marissa Cain and guard Laura Hirsch, while the Bruins said goodbye to 2008 NWC Player of the Year Katy Campbell and post Melissa Marek-Farris.

Pacific Lutheran is sixth in the poll with 42 points. The Lutes will rely on senior guard Trinity Gibbons, who was honorable mention All-NWC last season, but will miss Second Team All-NWC guard Kyle Haag.

Linfield is seventh in the poll (28 points).  The Wildcats graduated their starting back court in honorable mention All-NWC honorees Brihtani Lassiter and Casey Stepan. 

Pacific  is eighth in the poll (18 points), while Willamette is ninth (17 points).  Both must replace their leading scorers from a year ago.

The Northwest Conference will use a conference tournament to decide the automatic (Pool A) bid to the NCAA tournament.

The season officially gets underway on Saturday, November 15th.




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Willamette
Season statistics

Schedule and Results

Overall record: 7-10  • NWC: 5-7  • Region: 1-4  • Home: 4-2  • Away: 3-8  • Neutral: 0-0
   vs National ranked: 0-1  • vs Regional ranked: 1-5  

  Date   Opponent    Score 
 Overall 
 NWC 
Nation Region
Feb 10, 2012 at Lewis & Clark  W 
6-3
1-0
0-0
% 02/19/12 LA VERNE  W 
5-4
2-0
0-0
* 02/20/12 WHITMAN  L 
4-5
2-1
0-1
* 2/25/2012 at Pacific (Ore.)  L 
4-5
2-2
0-2
* 03/02/12 LEWIS & CLARK  W 
7-2
3-2
1-2
%* 3/3/12 at Linfield  L 
2-7
3-3
1-3
* 3/9/2012 at Puget Sound  W 
5-4
4-3
2-3
* 03/10/12 at Pacific Lutheran  W 
5-4
5-3
3-3
* 03/16/12 WHITWORTH  L 
3-6
5-4
3-4
#13
03/26/12 at #33 St. Edward's  L 
0-9
5-5
3-4
#13
03/27/12 at #13 Trinity (Texas)  L 
0-9
5-6
3-4
#13
* 03/31/12 PACIFIC (ORE.)  W 
5-4
6-6
4-4
#13
* 04/06/12 at Whitworth  L 
2-7
6-7
4-5
%* 04/07/12 at Whitman  L 
1-8
6-8
4-6
%* 04/10/12 at George Fox  L 
4-5
6-9
4-7
#14
* 04/14/12 PACIFIC LUTHERAN  W 
8-1
7-9
5-7
#14
% 4/21/12 at #30 Linfield  L 
0-5
7-10
5-7
#14

Schedule legend

Individual Statistics

vs Ranked
SINGLES
 Overall 
 Dual 
 Tour 
 NWC 
1
2
3
4
5
6
 Nat'l 
 Reg'l 
 Streak 
 Last10 
Arnold, Hailey
0-3
0-3
0-0
0-2
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 0-3 
0-0
0-0
L 3
0-3
Bee, Emily
3-13
3-13
0-0
3-9
 --- 
 --- 
 0-1 
 2-11 
 1-1 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
W 1
2-7
Derby, Elise
4-8
4-8
0-0
4-6
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 0-2 
 4-6 
0-0
0-0
W 1
2-6
Funabiki, Emily
5-8
5-8
0-0
5-5
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 1-0 
 4-6 
 0-2 
0-0
0-0
W 1
3-6
Gutierrez, Sabrina
9-8
9-8
0-0
7-5
 --- 
 9-6 
 0-2 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
0-0
0-1
L 1
4-6
Huber, Katie
2-1
2-1
0-0
1-0
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 1-1 
 1-0 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
W 1
2-1
Palmer, Shannon
8-9
8-9
0-0
6-6
 8-9 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
0-0
0-2
L 1
4-6
Poltavski, Denise
13-2
13-2
0-0
11-0
 --- 
 0-2 
 13-0 
 --- 
 --- 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
W 4
6-2
Totals
44-54
44-54
0-0
37-35
 8-9 
 9-8 
 13-3 
 4-12 
 6-10 
 4-12 
0-0
0-3
Percentage
.449
.449
.000
.514
.471
.529
.812
.250
.375
.250
.000
.000

vs Ranked
DOUBLES TEAMS
 Overall 
 Dual 
 Tour 
 NWC 
1
2
3
 Nat'l 
 Reg'l 
 Streak 
 Last10 
Gutierrez, Sabrina/Palmer, Shannon
7-10
7-10
0-0
5-7
 7-10 
 --- 
 --- 
0-0
1-1
L 1
2-8
Bee, Emily/Huber, Katie
0-1
0-1
0-0
0-0
 --- 
 0-1 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
L 1
0-1
Derby, Elise/Poltavski, Denise
1-0
1-0
0-0
0-0
 --- 
 --- 
 1-0 
0-0
0-0
W 1
1-0
Bee, Emily/Poltavski, Denise
7-8
7-8
0-0
6-5
 --- 
 7-8 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
L 1
5-5
Funabiki, Emily/Huber, Katie
0-3
0-3
0-0
0-2
 --- 
 --- 
 0-3 
0-0
0-0
L 3
0-3
Derby, Elise/Funabiki, Emily
2-6
2-6
0-0
2-3
 --- 
 --- 
 2-6 
0-0
0-0
L 3
2-6
Arnold, Hailey/Derby, Elise
0-3
0-3
0-0
0-3
 --- 
 --- 
 0-3 
0-0
0-0
L 3
0-3
Bee, Emily/Funabiki, Emily
0-1
0-1
0-0
0-1
 --- 
 0-1 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
L 1
0-1
Arnold, Hailey/Funabiki, Emily
0-1
0-1
0-0
0-1
 --- 
 --- 
 0-1 
0-0
0-0
L 1
0-1
Totals
17-34
17-34
0-0
13-23
 7-10 
 7-10 
 3-14 
0-0
1-1
Percentage
.333
.333
.000
.361
  .412 
  .412 
  .176 
.000
.500

vs Ranked
DOUBLES
 Overall 
 Dual 
 Tour 
 NWC 
1
2
3
 Nat'l 
 Reg'l 
Arnold, Hailey
0-4
0-4
0-0
0-4
 --- 
 --- 
 0-4 
0-0
0-0
Bee, Emily
7-10
7-10
0-0
6-6
 --- 
 7-10 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
Derby, Elise
3-9
3-9
0-0
2-6
 --- 
 --- 
 3-9 
0-0
0-0
Funabiki, Emily
2-11
2-11
0-0
2-7
 --- 
 0-1 
 2-10 
0-0
0-0
Gutierrez, Sabrina
7-10
7-10
0-0
5-7
 7-10 
 --- 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
Huber, Katie
0-4
0-4
0-0
0-2
 --- 
 0-1 
 0-3 
0-0
0-0
Palmer, Shannon
7-10
7-10
0-0
5-7
 7-10 
 --- 
 --- 
0-0
0-0
Poltavski, Denise
8-8
8-8
0-0
6-5
 --- 
 7-8 
 1-0 
0-0
0-0
Totals
17-34
17-34
0-0
13-23
 7-10 
 7-10 
 3-14 
0-0
1-1
Percentage
.333
.333
.000
.361
  .412 
  .412 
  .176 
.000
.500

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